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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

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NIAID researchers have found a way to fluorescently label prions, and observe them infecting brain cells. Prions, strangely altered proteins that defy (i.e., redefine) many of the traditional rules of biology, cause diseases such as Mad Cow and Creutzfeldt-Jacob, and are rather amazing. Advances is seeing them will hopefully lead to better treatments and understanding of how they work.

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